High molecular weight soft segment based polyethylene shape memory polymers

Manzoor Ahmad, Jikui Luo, Ben Xu, Hendra Purnawali, Peter King, Paul Chalker, Yong Qing Fu, Wei Min Huang, Mohsen Miraftab

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Shape memory polyurethanes (SMPUs) are typically synthesized using polyols of low molecular weight, Mw, and high hydroxyl number as it is believed that high density of cross-links in these polyols are essential for high performance shape memory polymers. In this study, polyethylene glycol (PEG-6000) with Mw ~ 6000 g/mol and low hydroxyl number (OH ~ 18 mg K OH/g) as the soft segment and diisocyanate as the hard segment were used to synthesize SMPUs. It revealed that although the PEG-6000 based SMPUs have lower maximum elongation at break (425%) and recovery stress than those of PCL-2000 polyol based SMPUs, they have much better shape recovery ratio (98%) and shape fixity (95%). Furthermore, these SMPUs showed a much shorter actuation time of <10sec for up to 85% shape recovery, much shorter than those low Mw SMPUs, clearly demonstrated their great potential for applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-186
JournalWorld Journal of Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2012


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